Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Piece of Heritage: Almost Finished

I'm almost done with this piece! I finished sewing down what I'd planned so far, and I still have some more to do. You'll get to see that later but for now let me show you what I added since the last update.
You can click on the photos to see them larger. I added some vintage bugle beads with some tiny size 15 gold seed beads on the seam at the top of the photo then I stopped at the next seam and added tiny vintage buttons down the length of it.
I also added a pearl and pearl colored seed beads to the butterfly and a vintage button above the butterfly with a tiny stone star bead in the center!
I love how the seams around the photo are embellished and frame it nicely.
I adore this project so much! The colors and the feel of it, I think it's one of my faves I've ever done. LOL But then I think every project is my fave ever at the time! LOL Maybe it's that it feels special to me and it's in a style I've wanted to do for a long time.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Baby Shower Gift

I made these for a soon to be born baby girl named Eden! They are iron on transfers from a Monogram book that I put onto pre-made receiving blankets I bought.
This one I filled in the 'E' with yellow stem stitching and also stem stitched the vines in. The flowers are pink french knots.
On this 'E' I chain stitched the outline in pink and then chain stitched the flowers too I love how it gives them a dimensional look! The center of the flowers are french knots with 3 strands of thread to make them large. The leaves and the outline of the 'E' are done in stem stitch.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Piece of Heritage: inspired

With Mother's Day coming up I thought I would dig out this "Heritage" block and start working on it! I don't know why I didn't get it out sooner but sometimes that's just how it is. Anyway at least it's out now and I'm finally making progress it will be finished soon! I started out putting in 3 spiderweb roses and then ideas started forming and I held tryouts for hours! LOL
I added this button cluster of vintage mother of pearl buttons and a silk ribbon bow on the large one. To the left you see the flower in the antique lace has a sequin and a cream pearl pinned, if you look at the large photo you'll see two vintage leaves pinned too with some small light cream lace on the seam underneath.
I also added a butterfly applique Lillian had given me!
I'm still adding to this motif, the 3 spiderweb roses started it all then the vintage wedding lace, the vintage rhinestone and cream pearls, and finally the bronze leaves. I'm planning on adding cream sweetheart roses mixed in.
I coffee dyed the butterflies, one is an applique and the other is a little tatted butterfly that Gerard made and I had saved for just the right spot! I figured it was perfect for his Mom's special block.
I also added a simple feather stitch to the seam in cream bamboo thread!
I have a few other special ideas to finish off this block but I'm saving them for later, plus I need to finish sewing these things down! LOL
It's such a special block I just love it!

Monday, March 23, 2009

New Couch Pillow Covers!

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I found this fabric at Fabric.com designed by Anna Griffin (my favorite) and bought a little and fell in LOVE with the print! I ordered some more not really knowing what I was going to do with it just that I wanted it badly! LOL I just love the way the flowers are gathered together, so free flowing and the selection of flowers and colors just speak to me! So elegant yet relaxed and comfortable at the same time! So when we started house hunting and found one we love and have made an offer on I started thinking about what my new living room would look like if we got the house. I thought hey my red curtains will go in the living room now with the couch and I thought my fave fabric is the perfect tie it all together thing! So I decided to make some new pillowcovers for our couch and loveseat. I found this great tutorial for envelope pillowcovers, and made 4 for the smaller pillows which are 22x22. I'm going to do the larger 24x24 pillows later when I find a good complimentary fabric.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Mr &Mrs Pillowcase Set for Us

I loved the Mr & Mrs set I made for a wedding gift so much I made a set for us too using my favorite colors!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Mr &Mrs Pillowcase Set

Here is a Mr & Mrs pillowcase set that I just embroidered for a wedding gift! I love how simple the design is it's an Aunt Martha's Iron on pattern. Dark blue stem stitch for the words and center of the flowers in french knots. Light blue lazy daisy stitches for the flowers and green lazy daisy stitches for the leaves.